Student accused of having gun at Huntersville’s Hopewell High School


Pictured above: Michael Spates – Picture courtesy of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (WSIC) – A student of Hopewell High School in Huntersville is accused of having a handgun on campus Wednesday.

The Huntersville Police Department charged 17-year-old Michael Spates with felony possession of a gun on educational property. He was given a $10,000 secured bond.

Hopewell High School Principal Tracey Pickard sent the following message to families Wednesday afternoon:

“Good afternoon Hopewell families. This is your principal Tracey Pickard. Today at school, we received a tip that there was a student on our campus with a weapon. Our police officers were immediately notified and investigated the tip with school administration. A student was searched without incident and a weapon was located. The student has been charged by Huntersville PD. The student is also receiving school consequences in accordance with the CMS Student Code of Conduct. I ask that every parent and guardian have a conversation with your student about the importance of making sure they never have a weapon at school. If a student is aware of a weapon on our campus or any school campus, I ask that they tell a school employee immediately so an investigation can be completed. I appreciate your support of our school and our students.”